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April 21, 2023

Conference Day!

Cultivating Communities of Care Conference

Division/Group Events Health, Safety, and Well-being Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

The Rhode Island Department of Health is sponsoring the inaugural Cultivating Communities of Care Conference. This new conference will provide information and strategies to build healthier and safer educational environments in Rhode Island. The conference will take place online on Friday, April 21 from 9 AM - 1 PM Eastern. Conference sessions will follow three tracks: Students (HS & College), K-12 Faculty/Admin, Higher Education Faculty/Admin. 

 

Presented By

Know Before You Go!

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand policies and best practices related to prevention and protective environments in K-12 and higher education settings
  2. Familiarity and understanding of value of peer education programs
  3. Understanding of public health concepts and frameworks related to suicide prevention, violence prevention, substance use prevention, and mental health and how these health issues are interconnected
  4. Awareness of how public health issues are impacting Rhode Island youth, individually and as members of our community

Schedule

Opening Session
9:00am-10:00am
Session 1
10:00am-10:50am
Session 2
11:00am-11:50am
Closing Session
12:00pm-1:00pm

Keynote - Power of Peer Education

9:00am-9:30am

Attendees will learn the role of peer educators in a school community, how peer education provides value to both the student engaging in the work and to the school community, and resources to support the development and continuation of a peer education program. Presented by Assistant Director of Peer Education Initiatives at NASPA Jazmin Jones, MPHS, CHES and featuring peer educators from SafeBAE and in Higher Education. 

Data Stories

9:35am-9:50am

Brief snapshots of important Rhode Island data sources (RI Youth Risk Behavior Survey and RI Young Adult Survey) that tell the story about the challenges youth and young adults are currently facing, using local data collected within the past year.

Student Track:

Creating Consent Cultures in Schools

Healthy Relationships

Healing Through Justice

 

K-12 Track:

Social Emotional Behavioral Universal Screening

Implementing the Lindsay Anne Burke Act

Creating Caring Communities in Schools for Children of Caregivers with Substance Abuse Problems

 

Higher Education Track:

Empowering Peer Educators

Transgender Allyship and Advocacy

Reimagining Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence on College Campuses

Student Track:

Online Safety/Prevention

Transgender Allyship and Advocacy for Youth and Young Adults

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: How to Engage in Self-Care and Safety Planning When Relationships End

 

K-12 Track:

Violence at Home: Building Resilience Among Children Who Witness Domestic Violence

Providing Affirming and Inclusive Comprehensive Sexual Health Education to Eliminate Health Disparities in Our Youth

Preventing and Responding to Dating Violence

 

Higher Education Track:

Protective Factors for Suicidal Ideation Among College Students

Addressing the Climate Crisis Through a Substance Misuse Prevention Perspective

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: How to Engage in Self-Care and Safety Planning When Relationships End

 

Youth Panel

12:00pm-12:50pm

A panel of youth advocates and peer educators discussing their experience as change agents in their own communities and where they see opportunities to cultivate communities of care. Moderated by NASPA's Assistant Director of Peer Education Initiatives, Jazmin Jones, MPHS, CHES. 

Closing

12:50pm-1:00pm

Program Descriptions

Student Track
K-12 Track
Higher Education Track

Session 1 - Students

Creating Consent Cultures in Schools

SafeBAE's founding Executive Director & Student Activist Board Member will present on the free programming available to students to engage in sexual violence prevention work and culture change in schools. Our youth-led approach to peer education and school culture change will provide students with opportunities to become empowered to create lasting change in and outside of their schools. Attendees will learn about their Title IX rights, peer education training, and ways to advocate for prevention and response (to sexual assault) best practices in their schools. 

Healthy Relationships

Presented by Day One. In this session, we will discuss the importance of healthy relationships and boundaries. We will go over red flag behaviors and how to help a friend who may be in an unhealthy relationship. By attending this session, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the different types of relationships
  • Recognize red flags and address unhealthy behaviors when appropriate
  • Learn to identify and establish personal boundaries.

Healing Through Justice

Presented by Young Voices. Girls fighting for healing and transformative justice; How self-care can disrupt trauma and bring communities together through actions rooted in healing and joy.

 

Session 2 – Students

Online Safety and Prevention

Presented by Day One, this training provides parents and caregivers with information pertinent to keeping their children and loved ones safe while utilizing online platforms. This presentation will highlight how youth interfaces with today’s ever-changing technology as it relates to social media, gaming technology and internet browsing. Our facilitators will also outline potential exploitation that youth may encounter on the web and will provide insight on how parents and caregivers can positively address these risks with youth in their lives. By attending this session, participants will:

  1. Gain knowledge about online safety and the effects of online exploitation
  2. Take preventive measures around online usage and recognize potential warning signs
  3. Have an understanding of how to handle disclosures and RI mandatory reporting laws.

Transgender Allyship for Youth and Young Adults

Presented by EBCAP. After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the structural and systemic barriers to gender affirmation
  • Utilize gender-inclusive language and advocacy tactics to support trans rights
  • Advocate for policies and practices that increase gender inclusivity and affirmation in multiple settings such as public schools, higher education, health systems, CBOs and more
  • Identify local and national resources to support gender-expansive persons such as medical providers, emergency mental health support, social supports, LGBTQ+ supportive employers, and more

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How to Engage in Self Care and Safety Planning When Relationships End

Presented by the RI Cross Campus Learning Collaborative. Grounded in the framework of the 9 Dimensions of Wellness, this session will take a holistic look at healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and specifically explore strategies for personal wellness and safety when close relationships end. 

Session 1 – K-12

Social Emotional Behavioral Universal Screening

Presented by RIDE. Screening for the well-being of students can be a broader indicator of social, emotional, mental, and physical wellness. A social, emotional, and behavioral (SEB) universal screener should provide a snapshot of the population or subpopulation screened as well as identify individual students who may benefit from early intervention and support to navigate challenging situations, mitigate mental health challenges and/or effectively support students in understanding and managing early signs of mental illness. Facilitators will provide an overview of Social Emotional Behavioral Universal Screening and resources to support exploration and implementation. Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • National and Local considerations for SEB Universal Screening
  • Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) as a framework for effective coordination of Mental Health supports
  • What SEB Universal Screening IS and What it's NOT

Implementing the Lindsay Anne Burke Act

Presented by Sojourner House, this session will review the requirements to implement teen dating violence education and review best practices in response to teen dating violence.

Creating Caring Communities in Schools for Children of Caregivers with Substance Abuse Problems

Presented by RISAS. One in four students report that they live with someone who has a problem with alcohol or other drugs (2021YRBS). Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase knowledge of the impact parental substance abuse has on children and youth mental health and on risk for developing substance use disorder
  2. Learn how teachers and school administrators can create supportive environments to reduce risk
  3. Learn what services are available through Student Assistance Programs, operating in over 75 middle and high schools

 

Session 2 – K-12

Violence at Home: Building Resilience Among Children Who Witness Domestic Violence

Presented by RICADV, this session will provide an overview of traumatic stress, including witnessing domestic violence, and its impact on children and youth. Participants will learn how to identify symptoms of trauma in young people and learn about trauma-informed approaches that foster resiliency and positive development. We will also discuss the impact of trauma on a child’s functioning, including brain development and the long-term health impacts as described in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study.

Providing Affirming and Inclusive Comprehensive Sexual Health Education to Eliminate Health Disparities in Our Youth

Presented by South County Prevention Coalition. By the end of this session, participants will:

  1. Develop a strong understanding of the minority stress complex as a social science theory contributing to youth substance use, mental health disorders, risky sexual behaviors, and other health disparities plaguing our youth today.
  2. Understand the scientific evidence informing current best practices in the comprehensive sexual health education field.
  3. Learn about the components of quality comprehensive, queer-affirming, inclusive, and anti-racist sexual health education.

Preventing and Responding to Dating Violence Among Students

Presented by SafeBAE, this presentation will focus on the implementation of Title IX through the lens of student safety, dating violence prevention, and response. Stacie Zamperini, a health educator from South Kingstown will partner with the founding Executive Director of SafeBAE, a RI based national non-profit, focused exclusively on dating violence prevention among middle and high school students. They will share Stacie's experience with program implementation in her district and state-wide goals for prevention programming under SafeBAE's partnership with the Department of Health's Rape Prevention Education grant.

Unhealthy relationships have long been established as one of the leading causes of negative mental health impacts among teens, but there have been little in the way of practical solutions that both engage students as well as provide resources for prevention and response to district leaders. This presentation will specifically focus on solutions to avoid the significant mental health impacts of unhealthy relationships, sexual harassment, and sexual assault among secondary students as well as the potential additional trauma they face when reporting these behaviors to untrained district Title IX investigators. The presentation will engage school leaders as allies in the implementation of this 360° approach to educating and empowering students as leaders of culture-change in dating violence prevention in their schools. The presentation will share current best practices in drafting or updating district sexual misconduct policy language, district communication and transparency regarding reporting (to increase student access), Title IX compliance and conducting trauma-informed investigations, faculty/staff development, student engagement programs, and curriculum and educational resources to address in-person and online abuse, enthusiastic consent, safe bystander intervention, healthy relationships, student rights, sending explicit images, and resources for preventing recidivism.

 

Session 1 – Higher Education

Empowering Peer Educators

Presented by NASPA, participants will learn strategies, tactics, and tools to empower their student leaders to advocate for health and wellness topics.

During the session, participants will learn:

  • The value of embedding peer education into their institution’s health, safety, and well-being strategic plan
  • Tactics to improve the quality of the peer education program and develop the students within
  • Tools to increase the effectiveness of peer educator training and peer educator led programming

Transgender Allyship and Advocacy

Presented by EBCAP. After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the structural and systemic barriers to gender affirmation
  • Utilize gender-inclusive language and advocacy tactics to support trans rights
  • Advocate for policies and practices that increase gender inclusivity and affirmation in multiple settings such as public schools, higher education, health systems, CBOs and more!

Reimagining Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence on College Campuses

Presented by RICADV. We can build a world where intimate partner and sexual violence no longer exist. Every day, we are creating positive change through our individual and collective actions. Ending violence is possible, but to keep going in this difficult work, we must imagine, connect, and be intentional about where we put our focus. Primary prevention aims to change the aspects of our culture and environments that contribute to violence happening in the first place, so people are less likely to choose to use violence and less likely to become a victim of it. During this session, participants will learn about the root causes and risk factors of intimate partner violence, identify prevention strategies that can be implemented on college campuses, and foster hope that together, we can create safe, connected campus communities where all people are safe and can thrive.

 

Session 2 – Higher Education

Protective Factors for Suicidal Ideation Among College Students

Presented by JWU, this presentation will summarize findings of soon to be (April 2023) published research report on suicide prevention for college age students, and what protective factors university settings should be aware of.

Addressing the Climate Crisis Through a Substance Misuse Prevention Perspective

Presented by New England PTTC. When a preventionist is working in communities, in schools, and with youth and families, conversations around the future are frequent. What do you want to do after highschool? Will you have a family someday? Where do you see yourself in ten years? How can substance use now impact your future? In these conversations, young people are encouraged to think about the world at large and their world more specifically down the line. With climate change on the minds of so many young people (80-91% of young adults ages 18-29 believe climate change will negatively impact their lives directly), the subject is a likely point of conversation for young people who are considering the weight of choices made now to their future outcomes. For young people whose minds are programmed to seek immediate reward over long term satisfaction, a grim perspective on the future may make choices to use substances now more appealing, so preventionists should be ready to talk about the climate crisis from a prevention perspective. Preventionists will also consider how prevention might look different as the world changes as a result of climate change. Will substances of concern still look the same if the climate to grow/produce those substances disappears? Will synthetic substances become more popular as indoor production spaces become easier to predict? Will substance advertising shift to focus on climate issues (such as alcohol commercials speaking to cooling off on the hotter days), will increased density in more habitable climates mean more access to substances? Additionally, preventionists will consider how conversations around positive youth development skills can support students worried about climate change. These skills can be applied to worries, fears, anxiety, and passions around the climate crisis by encouraging young people to be active in their own way to support the fight for climate justice. Another perspective of consideration in this conversation; culturally appropriate practice for young people who may be native and fighting for native land use rights, who are members of families who have relied on natural resources for generations that are now at stake such as fisheries and farmers, and/or people who are climate refugees and have moved to their current home because their former home became unlivable due to or in part due to the changing climate. This presentation is a conversation between facilitator and audience with data and existing models to use as a guide. Learning objectives include:

  1. Consider how prevention specialists can include this global impact problem in their perspective when delivering prevention services.
  2. Consider how to increase traditional protective factors through this emerging environmental scope.
  3. Understand more about a subject that is very influential to the lives of young people and future generations through a prevention lens.
  4. Discus how the climate crisis affects New England youth and their futures specifically.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How to Engage in Self Care and Safety Planning When Relationships End

Presented by RI Cross Campus Learning Collaborative. Grounded in the framework of the 9 Dimensions of Wellness, this session will take a holistic look at healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and specifically explore strategies for personal wellness and safety when close relationships end.

 

Thank you to our Supporting Partner Organizations